Every day we like to shine a spotlight on people doing amazing work — both with Charity Miles and without. Today we’re featuring Sheri Velarde, a cancer survivor who’s been rocking with Charity Miles since the start!
Here’s what she had to say:
How did you learn about Charity Miles?
I actually just stumbled across it while looking for free fitness apps. Once I saw that it not only kept track of how far you walked but also gave back to charity, I was hooked.
What inspired you to make a 1,200 mile goal? Does the number have any significance?
I believe in challenging myself, but with realistic goals. In November I walked 101 miles, so I know that I can manage 100 miles a month. Also, walking is one exercise that seems to make me feel better, that does not tire me out too much while undergoing radiation treatment. I am a strong believer that exercise helps me while in treatment and it also helps keep my weight in check from certain medications. So I decided to walk 1200 miles for charity this year, mainly for the selfish reasons that it makes me look and feel better, but walking for charity gets me out the door on days I might not otherwise do it.
How much are you walking per week?
I try to walk everyday, even if it is just 2-3 miles with my dog. I often take two works, one with my dog and then another one after I take her home. On the weekends I try to get some longer walks in as well.
Is there a certain charity you walk for?
My main charities are Stand Up 2 Cancer, as I am a cancer survivor myself, and Autism Speaks, for my friend‘s little boy Cristian who was recently diagnosed. I also like to walk for Feeding America and ASPCA. I also try to walk for each charity at least once a month.
Do you walk with others?
My main walking partner is my dog, Eowyn. She is a little one, but she manages about 2-3 miles a day! And she will not let me be lazy, she wants her walk each and every day.
What motivates you to keep going?
Knowing that I am helping others while helping myself is a great motivator. Also, so much of my health is out of my control, this is something that I can control. I know that walking helps me deal with my treatments better, it helps me deal with side effects and brings me peace. I am also very goal oriented, once I set a goal I accomplish it, so I know that I will be motivated throughout the year to reach my 1,200 miles.
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